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This Week on Second Street

Posted by Chrles Pence on March 31, 2016
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Eleven years in the making, this 4-unit development on 2nd Street features some of the highest level craftsmanship I’ve had the opportunity to represent in my career. I thought it would be interesting to share the progress of this construction in a weekly photo blog.

So why on earth has this project taken 11 years to get to this point? The city of Santa Monica maintains a “historic inventory” list that is made up of historically significant properties. The existing “front house” of this project met the standards to receive historic designation as a good representation of turn-of-the-century California Cottage architecture. Also attached to the home’s past is Leslie Coombs Brand, one of the founders of the city of Glendale! While understandably important to maintain historic properties in our city, this protected designation proved to be a challenge to the owners who planned to create a 4-unit newly constructed townhouse project. Working diligently with the city in an effort to preserve while also increase housing options they came up with a creative solution.

This Week on Second Street we will look at the front house as landscaping goes in and the kitchen is starting to take shape.


Starting with a nice walkway and blank slate.


Water conscious plantings, rather than a thirsty lawn, are the landscape plan.


Planted and taking root.


We are excited to see how everything fills in at the front of the property.

Behind the charming 1924 facade the interiors are being constructed ultra-modern. Soaring ceilings and an open floor plan let in a ton of natural light.



Hardwood floors are protected while the finishes and appliances begin to go into place.


An open kitchen with stainless steel Miele appliances is the heart of the home.

Once complete expect a 3 bedroom + 2.75 bath featuring high vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, tons of natural light with fluted glass walls, open contemporary kitchen with brand new Miele appliances. Offered at $2,895,000.

Next week check back when we explore the contemporary townhouse unit and talk ocean views and power lines!

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